The Golf Heritage Society is an international organization dedicated to preserving the treasures and traditions of the game of golf. Founded in 1970 as the Golf Collectors Society by Robert Kuntz and Joseph S.F. Murdoch, the organization today has close to 1,000 members from 15 different countries. The philosophy of the Society was fundamentally designed to be a not-for-profit fraternal organization that encourages members to visit, share information, and to establish friendships based on a common interest, the love of golf.
Membership in the GHS brings many benefits. Each member receives a Membership Directory organized by geographical region and collecting interest, and our magazine, The Golf, which is published quarterly. Included are articles on golf history, featured collections and collectors, book reviews, unusual clubs and artifacts, and general news on Society doings. Members are also welcome to attend Regional Meetings held in every part of the country, as well as the Annual Meeting, held yearly in the early fall.
A Fascination for Golf Collecting
The Golf Heritage Society started out as the Golf Collectors Society, begun in 1970 by a group of friends who wanted to share their golf collections with one another. Golf collecting remains a huge part of who we are. The world of golf memorabilia is enormous, encompassing many collecting niches. It’s all great fun and helps one both explore and preserve aspects of the game’s tremendous history. Want to know more? Click on the link below for tips on getting into this great pastime.
Playing Hickory Golf
Modern hickory golf also has its roots in the Golf Collectors Society. Golf club collectors eventually took to the links to try out those old clubs and discovered they were great fun to play. Today, groups like the Society of Hickory Golfers provide standards for hickory play that are used by dozens of regional groups around this country and abroad. It’s a growing community that is all about fun, camaraderie, and sharing the journey of golf with wood shafted golf clubs.
Under the Resources tab you’ll find a page of Classified Ads from members and friends and a Wish List from GHS members of special items they seek. Also under Resources is a link to The First Tee, a special partner of the GHS; a section on book reviews, and links to websites relevant to GHS members. We’ll be adding to this section on a regular basis, so stop by often to see what’s new.
Whether you are a new collector just starting out, or want to learn more about golf history, the Golf Heritage Society has a place just for you. Joining is easy. Just click the join button to start your journey toward a new way of enjoying the world’s “royal and ancient game.”